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rescuers and crews in west virginia are venting deadly gases to rescue operations are get under way for the four minors still missing from the worst u.s. mining disaster in a quarter century. 25 miners died in monday's explosion. massey energy has a wide history of safety violations. for more on this story we turn to msnbc's norah o'donnell live with the story. norah? >> reporter: good morning. today is the day we may learn the fate of those four missing miners. the governor of this state said yesterday that we may know between 12:00 and 2:00 today whether those four bore holes they are drilling more than 1,000 feet in the ground to try to ventilate some of that methane gas and carbon monoxide out, whether that's been successful. it will take the rescue teams, once they determine it's safe, four to five hours to reach an area 20 feet wide and barely tall enough to stand in, that's where they believe with 90% certainty these four miners are trapped. they are hopeful, of course, for a miracle, hoping they are alive. as the governor said yesterday, the odds are long. we heard yesterday
is in montcoal, west virginia. she's been covering the story. norah, and good, we have your live shot up. any late information on the fate of the four? >> reporter: only that the news has gotten more grim overnight. a federal safety official saying the situation is dire. some of the rescuers had tried to go after those other four missing miners who are believed to be more than 1,000 feet under. but, of course, the rising methane gas levels made it very, very dangerous for them. so they decided to call off the search. they had hoped that some of those missing four miners had reached these air-tight chambers that are stocked with food and oxygen where they can survive for four hours. they made it to one of those air-tight chambers. nobody was there. they couldn't make it to the second air-tight chamber because, again, those rising methane gas levels just made it very, very dangerous. so they're saying the situation is dire. mika, i couldn't hear everything about the governor was saying. he's not far from where i am. but just to sort of recap, we learned overnight 25 dead. these additional 4 sti
explosion in a west virginia coal mine. officials say levels of gases have dropped enough to resume the seven now but they have acknowledged it is unlikely the four missing men are still alive. nbc's brian mooar joins us from naoma, west virginia, with the latest. how are those rescue efforts going? >> well, savannah, they're proceeding at least today. these rescue workers went in a little after midnight and supposedly been making some progress. we'll get an update in half appear hour, what they found at this point. yesterday was a day of disappointment when they got within 500 feet of place they believe these missing miners might have bunkered down if they were able to survive this blast, that's considered unlikely, and time is running out today, because if they were in that shelter area, oxygen would be running out. meanwhile, nbc news has learned this upper big branch mine has been cited a startling number of times in the last decade. this information hasn't been made public yet but has been provided to lawmakers who are learning this mine was cited 61 times in the past 15 months
. >>> the only number one seed left in the tournament is duke. duke gets west virginia in the later game. we saw coach k. there. the final four, these are our staff picks. by staff, i mean, a couple people sitting around this morning at 3:00. >> oh, cool. >> wie got butler -- >> that's just you, right? >> me and jen and casey. like three people. >> oh, sweet. >> butler beating -- >> very scientific. >> it is. and duke -- west virginia, perhaps, the sent mental favorite among many americans against duke. >> my assistant from west virginia and she is just ecstatic. >> the winner, we went with our hearts on this one, the hometown favorite, butler bulldogs. it's not anything against duke. all you duke fans can relax. i understand, chris, we're getting some really long e-mails from duke fans. >> what? >> usually the nasty e-mails are one or two lines. look at how long this person's e-mail is. this is literally -- >> that's bold. >> and they attack me and pete. but the part i'm going to read is about willie. you failed to do your job properly and offer objectivity and balance. it's way too late for yo
in new jersey and virginia, they didn't want sarah palin to come in and campaign. i'm not knocking sarah palin. so if you're a sarah palin fan, don't write me nasty e-mails. the fact is she has a very energized base, maybe 20% of the electorate absolutely love her. but you even had bob mcdonald in virginia who made the calculation that campaigning next to sarah palin was not the thing to do. if he's saying that statewide in virginia, then obviously bob mcdonald standing next to sarah palin in massachusetts will not help him in massachusetts. massachusetts is not mississippi. >> sarah palin has a regional appeal as well as having perhaps the ability, as you pointed out, to energize the base 20% and make them very energetic indeed. we saw what she did in new orleans at the southern leadership conference. we saw her campaigning for john mccain and being very effective in those places. i don't see boston. i don't see massachusetts as the place, the natural fit. and i think that scott brown realizes as much as anyone does, look, sarah palin in that speech on friday in new orleans was very, ve
of bodies from the west virginia mine that claimed 29 lives has been halted because of high gas readings. federal investigators are expected to arrive today to try to determine the cause of the explosion. authorities have said high levels of volatile methane gas may have played a role in the disaster. president obama has ordered federal mine safety officials to submit their findings to him this week. later today, west virginia governor will participate in a ceremony to honor the miners involved in the disaster. >>> there are strong reactions today over a tennessee mother who sent her adopted 7-year-old son back to russia alone after deciding she could no longer parent him. the woman adopted the boy in september, but shortly after bringing him home, behavioral problems began, including threats by the boy to bush down their home and kill family members. she sent him home with a note stating she no longer wanted to raise the child. russia has since threatened to stop adoptions to the u.s. the family feels they were lied to about the boy's stability. that's a quick look at the news. that's a
this morning for your morning commute rolling up through virginia. first half of "morning joe" we've been talking about florida, let's travel down there. we've had showers and thunderstorms overnight. those are going to be pushing off the coast. forecast looks like this. as we head to the northeast and mid-atlantic, showers from philly south wards today. new york up through new england, what a beautiful day in boston. hey, red sox finally won, too. 69 degrees and sunshine. rest of the country will be looking pretty good. middle of the country, 66 in kansas city. 80s down in texas. new orleans and atlanta looking for a fantastic wednesday. you're watching "morning joe" brewed by starbucks. national car rental? that's my choice. because with national, i roll past the counter... and choose any car in the aisle. choosing your own car? now that's a good call. go national. go like a pro. to help your skin get healthy and clear. fast forward a few years... ...and now that your problem is wrinkles we still have the solution dermatologists recommend most. neutrogena anti wrinkle moisturizer with p
, blowing out west virginia. butler squeaked by michigan state. now, this may not be hoosiers but you can definitely call tonight's game david versus goliath. >> makes me feel good. david won. so, you know, i don't know -- i think certainly duke is goliath. when you look at college basketball, again, they've been -- they've set a standard for everyone else over the last, really, 25-plus years. over the course of -- ever since i've been watching basketball, coach k. and duke have been one of the prememinent countries. >> it will be a surprise if butler pulls it off. who knows. >> is there any way, even if they slow them down with their halfcourt game, is there any way at all that butler can keep this game close against duke? >> they can keep it close, by wearing them down, good defense. you watched duke that night, they don't have the superstar, the lottery pick guys they've had over past championship years but they're playing incredibly well as a team. it would be a big surprise if butler won but they're playing at home. you never know. >> duke just absolutely dismantled a very good west
is that possible? >> what we see often happening -- let me use have virginia as an example. in 2007 i was governor and i wanted to regain control of our state senate. i thought we had a 1 in 3 chance of doing it. we ended up doing it for a surprising reason. republican candidates on the right knocked off moderate republican senators and that opened up seats for us to win. what we see around the united states now is right-wing republican candidates knocking off moderate republican officeholders and giving us an opportunity to win races. that's giving us an opportunity in texas, an opportunity in florida. it's already -- we won that race in upstate new york in november because the tea party candidate chased out the institutional -- >> let me just say, buchanan, they said newt and all other republicans wouldn't support a young guy. he was 30 years old in northwest florida in '94 because he was too right wing. they didn't pick the moderate candidate. i ended up getting 62% of the vote. >> hopefully we can get this -- ronald reagan nominated by the republicans because he can kill -- >> right, right, he
of virginia did. >> so you think frank rich's columns are as good as they used to be. >> sure. >> hold on a second. i'm just calling on everybody here. >> you know what? the pock la magss out of the governor's office are just as strong. >> i have to go to iceland. i just really -- >> you guys are making me so tight. if we had a bs meter, it would be going on like crazy because everybody know that is frank rich has been writing the same column for the same couple of years. and it is -- it is designed to inflame the left wing of america. and that's fine if that's what he wants to do for the rest of his life instead of using talents that he was given by god, he can do that. he can inflame -- >> all right. >> you know what, though? do you know what disturbs me? it is such a waste of a great talent, it really is. >> he's a great writer. >> he is a great writer. >> i have to go to iceland. >> the left needs strong -- i have always said this, the left needs strong, tough writers. >> but if the job of a columnist is to write what they believe most deeply, then he's doing his job. >> okay, meac
to re-remember it. virginia governor bob mcdonnell agrees with me, that's why he declared april confederate history month. that's why this month bumper stickers will read virginians are for lovers of embarrassing chappers in american history. >> pretty good. welcome back to "morning joe." some other headlines in today's newspapers. we'll start with "the new york times." researchers are reporting a significant drop worldwide in the number of women dying each year from pregnancy and childbirth. among the reasons, lower pregnancy rates, improved nutrition, more education and availability of skilled attendants. the front page photo shows first lady michelle obama making a surprise stop in port-au-prince. >> that was a touching day with her there. >>> the houston chronicle -- obama revising plans for nasa. president obama is expected to announce a revamped space plan to reduce nasa's spending by $6 million over the next five years with the ultimate goal of going to mars. >>> "los angeles times" -- arizona lawmakers have approved what many agree is the toughest measure in the country
they are still treating this as a rescue mission, west virginia governor says there's only a sliver of hope survivors will be found. despite that, rescuers are determined to finish their mission. >> it is what it is. this is what we're doing with right now. it's nothing compared to what the families are going through. i always try to keep that in mind. we'll do whatever it takes to bring this to some type of a conclusion. >>> in the czech capital of prague, president obama and russian president dmitry medvedev have signed a landmark nuclear deal. the treaty was agreed to last month and replaces the 1991 treaty committing the u.s. and russia to significant cuts in their nuclear arsenals. the strengthens the u.s. relationship with russia and is a step toward obama's goal of a world without nuclear weapons. >> one year ago this week, i came here to prague and gave a speech outlining america's comprehensive commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and seeking the ultimate goal of a world without them. i said then, and i'll repeat now, that this is a long-term goal. one that may not
brown, look at virginia and new jersey, say they played a role there. but 2010 will be the big make it or break it moment for them to see if they can back this all up. >> patrick gavin, thank you very much. >> thank you, patrick. >> meow, meow, meow. >> good to see you last night at that black-tie gala. >> he was wearing jeans and sneakers. >> sneakers. >> joe, you looked fan it is a nick your dress, just so you know. >> thank you so much. >> coming up, new weekly jobless claims are due out any minute now. a check on business before the bell with cnbc's erin burnett. "morning joe" now broadcasting live on satellite radio, sirius channel 90 xm 120. the amount of technology in today's cars is like something out of a spaceship. which is why, mechanics nowadays are more like rocket scientists. they have to be. the technicians at ford and lincoln mercury dealerships are highly trained. they really do know their stuff. and, they have all the parts to make sure the job gets done right. get the works - an oil change, tire rotation and more just $29.95 or less after $10 mail-in rebate. does
. >> that was the president yesterday eulogizing those miners in west virginia. here with us now, chief white house correspondent and nbc news political director and co-host of "the daily rundown," chuck todd. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you guys. >> let's start with financial reform. this vote at 5:00, seems like some are slightly hopeful it might move forward but there are some republicans who say no. >> reporter: well, i think that you -- look, what was fascinating about yesterday on the sunday shows and even what you read today in the quotes, from all the republicans, we're close, we're close, a deal is imminent and the democrats are sounding a little pessimistic when it comes to at least getting a deal, say, before the vote this afternoon -- late this afternoon at 5:00. so, we'll see. but it does feel like something's going to happen before then and that with that sitting as the deadline, there are too many republicans that seem to want to cut a deal, to want to move this forward, that i guess i would be surprised if this thing somehow got held up on a 59/49 vote. >> we heard di
influence is a guy named e.d. hirsch at the university of virginia who's got a program called core knowledge. it's a solid program in so many ways. we ought to start to develop that kind of consensus nationally so that we don't have politics influence curriculum. >> chancellor klein, i just want to get your take on what's happening in florida where the governor, charlie crist, has vetoed a bill that would have made it easier to fire teachers and link their pay to student test scores. what do you make of this development? do you think this is a blow to education reform in that state? >> i think it's a big mistake. you know, jeb bush, i think, has been really an outstanding education governor. florida's gotten great results. everybody points to florida as a state that's made enormous progress because of governor bush's real leadership. to turn back on that, i think, shows the politics and, unfortunately, the power the teachers union in florida. in the end, this is not just bad for education in florida, i think it's bad for teachers. i think we need to professionalize teaching so that those tha
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